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Update: Greensboro police identify body found near cemetery

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Updated 4:19 p.m.

GREENSBORO — Police have identified the body found Monday night near Union Cemetery as that of 68-year-old Thomas Edward Cole.

Police were able to identify him by his fingerprints, according to a news release.

The preliminary examination by a medical examiner indicates that Cole died of natural causes, police said.

Posted 9:50 a.m. Tuesday

GREENSBORO — Police said the body found in a wooded area off the 900 block of South Elm St. Monday evening is a man.

They hope to have autopsy results back this afternoon, said Susan Danielsen, spokeswoman for the Greensboro Police Department.

Police were called to the area near a cemetery after someone reported a bad smell about 6:10 p.m. on Monday. The area is near a homeless camp, Danielsen said.

She said the body had been "in the elements" for a while, making it more difficult to determine the approximate age of the person.

Posted 10:05 p.m. Monday

GREENSBORO — Police responding to a report of a bad smell found a body in a wooded area off South Elm Street early this evening, investigators said.

Police were called to the 900 block of South Elm Street at 6:10 p.m. An officer who responded found the body near Union Cemetery, investigators said.

Police said the body was found near a homeless camp.

Police did not release whether the body was a male or female. Investigators said the body would be sent to the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

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Police identified Tuesday the remains of a person found late Monday afternoon beside the  patch of woods near the Union Cemetery.

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